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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:51 pm 
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The Dawes sounds just the ticket, Bravo! Re the chain, it has to be sperm oil ...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:53 pm 
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Got a friend in Tromsø that might be able to lay her hands on Minke whale oil, is that good enough ?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:01 pm 
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I suppose that might do. Does it smell of old trousers?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:05 pm 
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Well, it's all I can get as they stopped selling Sperm oil here a while back, something to do with endangered species. :roll:

I'll ask her to give it a sniff.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:48 pm 
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With the aquiring of some roadies there has definitely been a fresh injection of lunacy in MacRetro, keep it up :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:42 pm 
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bugloss wrote:
40 spokes on the back should carry my ample derriere. Apparently the chain needs an oil :lol:

I thought it was a bargain, I'll pick it up next week and take it for a spin. There's a 200km gravel road that goes North - South to Germany that I was hoping to do an epic on in the summer too, so it's going to be busy.


It's a bargain alright.

Does it have the Concorde bars?

I'm all for using whale oil. I'm pretty sure it used to be regarded as the good stuff for 3 speed hubs. I'm not so sure about sperm oil - seeing as the way to extract oil is to crush it out, I'm keeping my legs crossed around unlubricated retro bikes.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:53 pm 
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Surely not! You're thinking of Olives.
So its a Dawes 'Olympic' with 'Concorde' bars? does this mean that it goes awfully fast?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:32 pm 
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I've no idea what parts it's got on it apart from the ones i can identify from the pictures. It was a case of " Want that one"

It probably won't be going very fast with me on it either. :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:07 pm 
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Ah well. Bless. At least there is plenty of daylight up here in June. You wont be needing the acetylene lamps.
Or Oil lamps... Mornington Crescent!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:34 pm 
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Don't mention the oil, he gets scared :lol:


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